Tuesday 10 December 2019, 7:45pm at Deepdale, Preston
Sky Bet Championship - EFL
Preston North End
2
Maguire 23'; Nugent 52'
Fulham FC
Fulham
1
Mitrovic 81'

23' Goal

Sean Maguire

52' Goal

David Nugent

34' Yellow Card

Ben Pearson Card was given for a foul

45' Red Card

Joseph Rafferty Card was given for a foul

75' Yellow Card

Alan Browne Card was given for a foul

76' Yellow Card

Paul Huntington

83' Yellow Card

Brad Potts Card was given for a foul

75' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tom Barkhuizen
Off:David Nugent

83' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Tom Clarke
Off:Ben Pearson

84' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Josh Harrop
Off:Billy Bodin

81' Goal

Aleksandar Mitrovic

28' Yellow Card

Denis Odoi Card was given for a foul

28' Red Card

Denis Odoi

88' Yellow Card

Josh Onomah Card was given for a foul

32' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Joe Bryan
Off:Ivan Cavaleiro

60' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Neeskens Kebano
Off:Alfie Mawson

90'+2 Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Luca De La Torre
Off:Anthony Knockaert

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Fulham fell to a second successive defeat as they lost 2-1 to Preston North End on a feisty evening at Deepdale.
Fulham fell to a second successive defeat as they lost 2-1 to Preston North End on a feisty evening at Deepdale. 

Sean Maguire struck early on the first half and once both teams had been reduced to ten men David Nugent bundled home to put the result beyond reach shortly after the break. An Aleksandar Mitrović goal with under ten minutes remaining proved to be nothing more than a consolation.

Scott Parker was forced to make two changes to the side that ran out narrow losers against Bristol City only two days previous at Craven Cottage. Club captain Tom Cairney and Joe Bryan, who had both featured on the weekend narrowly missed out through injury. Cyrus Christie was brought in to play on the right side of a defensive back four and with the move Denis Odoi shifted to the left in place of Bryan. Furthermore, Aboubakar Kamara formed a front two pairing with Mitro. A 4-4-2 formation implemented by the Head Coach for the first time this campaign. 

A sparsely populated Deepdale greeted the two teams as they made their way out on a miserable night in the North-West. 

It was Fulham who started the brightest and in the third minute a precise attack almost lead to an opener. The ball quickly flowed down the left flank to Ivan Cavaleiro and before the Preston back line could set he fizzed a low ball into the feet of Mitro on the edge of the box. After working some space from his man the powerful striker pushed an effort just wide of the post. An excellent start from Fulham. 

We continued to assert our authority on the encounter and were finding joy down both sides, especially down the right flank with Christie allowed time and space on numerous occasions to look to pick out players in the box. 

Despite our good start in the 23rd minute the hosts took the lead. A corner was aimlessly lofted into the box. A lack of urgency from players in the box allowed Maguire to control and turn unchallenged. After earning some space the lively attacker fired low and hard past Marek Rodák in the Fulham net. 

Things went from bad to worse three minutes later when Odoi was shown a straight red card for a rash challenge on Patrick Bauer. After losing possession a ball bounced on the edge of the box and ricocheted high into the air. With the ball up for grabs Denis flew into the defender once the ball had been headed clear. After some deliberation the red card to brandished and we were down to ten men. 

The tide had well and truly turned and in the 37th minute Preston almost doubled their lead. A quick attack culminated in a smart low ball being played in behind our back line to the feet of Maguire. With only the keeper to beat he looked to slip and effort under the feet of the onrushing Rodák. The keeper stood tall and pushed the effort wide with an outstretched leg. 

On the stroke of half-time we were offered a lifeline through another rash challenge. This time a Preston player channelling his inner Daniel from the Karate kid to floor Joe Bryan with a horrible tackle. Stefan Johansen sent a pass out to the left wing and after flicking the ball forwards Bryan was crunched by Joseph Rafferty. 

It would be ten v ten in the second half with Fulham looking to claw their way back into the match. 

The second half started in the worst possible fashion as our chances of a comeback were extinguished. A clever ball across the box was met by a first time effort destined for the bottom right hand corner from Brad Potts. A smart save ballooned up in the air and David Nugent was on hand to bundle home on he second attempt. A scrappy goal but a second nonetheless. 

Scott Parker threw caution to the wind and made a second change, bringing on Neeskens Kebano to replace Alfie Mawson and reverting to a back three. An attacking change with very little to lose in the circumstances.

We almost made the closing stages a nervy one for the hosts in the 73rd minute. A deep cross from Anthony Knockaert was flicked on by Mitro in the heart of the penalty area. The ball fell kindly to Johansen at the back post. After steadying himself he switched the ball over to his favoured left foot and looked to bend one in the far corner. It was almost picture perfect but the ball crashed against the bar and deflected clear. 

A flurry of chances for Josh Onomah and Mitrović came our way minutes later but we were unable to get within one.

It seemed all lost until the 81st minute when Mitro struck. Kebano, who had been a sparkplug off the bench meandered up the left wing and fed the Serbian on the edge of the box. After taking a touch he lashed one home into the bottom corner. We would not have ten minutes to grab something from the match. 

It proved too little too late despite some time huffing and puffing in the closing stages. We will look to bounce back on Saturday in a West London derby vs Brentford.
 

Match Information

Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Date: Tuesday 10 December 2019
Kick-off: 7:45pm

Venue: Deepdale, Preston
Attendance: 10,093

Referee: Keith Stroud

Preston North End

Line-up: Rudd; Rafferty, Bauer, Huntington, Hughes; Pearson (Clarke 83'); Bodin (Harrop 84'), Browne, Potts, Maguire; Nugent (Tom Barkhuizen 75')

Unused substitutes: Hudson, Bayliss, Ledson, Stockley

Manager: Alex Neil

Fulham

Line-up: Rodák; Christie, Mawson (Kebano 60'), Ream, Odoi; Onomah, Johansen; Knockaert (De La Torre 90'), Cavaleiro (Bryan 32'); Kamara, Mitrovic

Unused substitutes: Bettinelli, O'Riley, Harris, Taylor-Crossdale

Manager: Scott Parker

As It Stood Table

Pos Club Pl Pts
1 Leeds United 21 46
2 West Bromwich Albion 20 45
3 Fulham 21 35
4 Bristol City 21 35
5 Nottingham Forest 20 34
6 Preston North End 21 34
7 Sheffield Wednesday 20 32
8 Cardiff City 20 31
9 Brentford 20 30
10 Blackburn Rovers 20 30
11 Swansea City 20 30
12 Millwall 21 30
13 Hull City 21 29
14 Birmingham City 20 28
15 Queens Park Rangers 20 28
16 Derby County 20 25
17 Charlton Athletic 20 23
18 Reading 19 21
19 Middlesbrough 21 21
20 Luton Town 20 20
21 Huddersfield Town 20 18
22 Wigan Athletic 20 16
23 Stoke City 20 14
24 Barnsley 20 12
Goals
2
1
Total Shots
19
15
Shots On Target
7
1
Passing Accuracy
74%
81%
Fouls
13
12
Corners
6
5
Offsides
2
1
Bookings
4
1
Sending Offs
1
1
Preston North End (4-1-4-1)
  • 1Declan Rudd
  • 15Joseph Rafferty
  • 21Patrick Bauer
  • 23Paul Huntington
  • 16Andrew Hughes
  • 4Ben Pearson
  • 39Billy Bodin
  • 8Alan Browne
  • 44Brad Potts
  • 24Sean Maguire
  • 35David Nugent
Substitutes
  • 28Mathew Hudson
  • 5Tom Clarke
  • 7Tom Bayliss
  • 10Josh Harrop
  • 18Ryan Ledson
  • 20Jayden Stockley
  • 29Tom Barkhuizen
Manager
  • Alex Neil
Fulham (4-2-2-2)
  • 12Marek Rodák
  • 22Cyrus Christie
  • 5Alfie Mawson
  • 13Tim Ream
  • 4Denis Odoi
  • 25Josh Onomah
  • 8Stefan Johansen
  • 24Anthony Knockaert
  • 19Ivan Cavaleiro
  • 47Aboubakar Kamara
  • 9Aleksandar Mitrovic
Substitutes
  • 1Marcus Bettinelli
  • 23Joe Bryan
  • 7Neeskens Kebano
  • 33Matt O'Riley
  • 36Luca De La Torre
  • 46Jayden Harris
  • 39Martell Taylor-Crossdale
Manager
  • Scott Parker
Goals
0
0
Total shots
0
0
Ball played into the final third of the pitch
0
0
Minutes played by player
0
0
Assists from open play
0
0
Crosses
0
0
Tackles
0
0
Successful aerial duels
0
0
Duel over the possession of the ball where a player wins the ball
0
0
Pass forwards
0
0
Successful dribbles
0
0
Sum of all a players ball events
0
0
Accurate passes
0
0
Key passes
0
0
Player intercepts a pass
0
0
Goalkeeper saves
0
0
Goalkeeper catches a cross
0
0
  • Match ends, Preston North End 2, Fulham 1.
  • 90'+7' Second Half ends, Preston North End 2, Fulham 1.
  • 90'+7' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Paul Huntington.
  • 90'+7' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Joe Bryan with a cross.
  • 90'+5' Attempt saved. Sean Maguire (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alan Browne.
  • 90'+4' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 90'+3' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 90'+3' Foul by Patrick Bauer (Preston North End).
  • 90'+2' Substitution, Fulham. Luca De La Torre replaces Anthony Knockaert.
  • 90'+1' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90'+1' Foul by Josh Harrop (Preston North End).
  • 90' Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 90' Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).
  • 90' Attempt saved. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Josh Harrop.
  • 89' Attempt missed. Josh Harrop (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen.
  • 88' Josh Onomah (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 88' Foul by Josh Onomah (Fulham).
  • 88' Sean Maguire (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 88' Attempt missed. Patrick Bauer (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Josh Harrop with a cross following a corner.
  • 87' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.
  • 87' Attempt blocked. Brad Potts (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Harrop with a headed pass.
  • 86' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).
  • 86' Josh Harrop (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 84' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Patrick Bauer.
  • 84' Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Harrop replaces Billy Bodin.
  • 83' Substitution, Preston North End. Tom Clarke replaces Ben Pearson.
  • 83' Brad Potts (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.
  • 83' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 83' Foul by Brad Potts (Preston North End).
  • 81' Goal! Preston North End 2, Fulham 1. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Neeskens Kebano.
  • 79' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cyrus Christie following a fast break.
  • 77' Attempt missed. Josh Onomah (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 76' Paul Huntington (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.
  • 75' Alan Browne (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 75' Neeskens Kebano (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 75' Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).
  • 75' Substitution, Preston North End. Tom Barkhuizen replaces David Nugent.
  • 74' Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Ben Pearson.
  • 73' Attempt blocked. Cyrus Christie (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Bryan.
  • 73' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic following a corner.
  • 72' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Alan Browne.
  • 69' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 69' Paul Huntington (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 67' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 67' Paul Huntington (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 65' Attempt missed. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Nugent following a corner.
  • 65' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Joe Bryan.
  • 63' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.
  • 62' Offside, Preston North End. Paul Huntington tries a through ball, but Billy Bodin is caught offside.
  • 60' Substitution, Fulham. Neeskens Kebano replaces Alfie Mawson.
  • 59' Offside, Fulham. Cyrus Christie tries a through ball, but Anthony Knockaert is caught offside.
  • 58' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Anthony Knockaert.
  • 56' Attempt missed. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Josh Onomah.
  • 53' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Aboubakar Kamara.
  • 52' Goal! Preston North End 2, Fulham 0. David Nugent (Preston North End) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.
  • 52' Attempt blocked. David Nugent (Preston North End) header from very close range is blocked.
  • 51' Attempt saved. Brad Potts (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Billy Bodin.
  • 50' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 50' Foul by Sean Maguire (Preston North End).
  • 50' Attempt saved. David Nugent (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Declan Rudd.
  • 49' Attempt missed. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Joe Bryan with a headed pass.
  • 48' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 48' Foul by Patrick Bauer (Preston North End).
  • Second Half begins Preston North End 1, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+8' First Half ends, Preston North End 1, Fulham 0.
  • 45'+7' Attempt missed. David Nugent (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Billy Bodin with a cross.
  • 45'+6' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 45'+6' Ben Pearson (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the right wing.
  • 45'+5' Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 45'+5' Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).
  • 45'+4' Attempt blocked. Cyrus Christie (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Aleksandar Mitrovic.
  • 45' Joseph Rafferty (Preston North End) is shown the red card for a bad foul.
  • 45' Foul by Joseph Rafferty (Preston North End).
  • 45' Joe Bryan (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 40' Offside, Preston North End. Andrew Hughes tries a through ball, but Sean Maguire is caught offside.
  • 39' Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 39' Foul by Ben Pearson (Preston North End).
  • 37' Attempt saved. Sean Maguire (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Billy Bodin with a through ball.
  • 34' Ben Pearson (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
  • 34' Josh Onomah (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 34' Foul by Ben Pearson (Preston North End).
  • 32' Substitution, Fulham. Joe Bryan replaces Ivan Cavaleiro.
  • 32' Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).
  • 32' Josh Onomah (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 30' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.
  • 30' Attempt blocked. Billy Bodin (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Brad Potts.
  • 30' Foul by Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham).
  • 30' Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 28' Denis Odoi (Fulham) is shown the red card.
  • 27' Patrick Bauer (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 27' Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).
  • 25' Attempt missed. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Billy Bodin with a cross following a set piece situation.
  • 25' Brad Potts (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 25' Foul by Josh Onomah (Fulham).
  • 23' Goal! Preston North End 1, Fulham 0. Sean Maguire (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alan Browne with a headed pass following a corner.
  • 22' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.
  • 21' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Denis Odoi.
  • 20' Billy Bodin (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 20' Foul by Josh Onomah (Fulham).
  • 19' Attempt blocked. David Nugent (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 19' Attempt blocked. Brad Potts (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
  • 18' Foul by Cyrus Christie (Fulham).
  • 18' Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
  • 14' Foul by Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham).
  • 14' Patrick Bauer (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 12' Attempt blocked. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Denis Odoi with a headed pass.
  • 12' Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Patrick Bauer.
  • 11' Foul by David Nugent (Preston North End).
  • 11' Stefan Johansen (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
  • 9' Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Josh Onomah.
  • 9' Attempt blocked. Billy Bodin (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Nugent.
  • 9' Foul by Josh Onomah (Fulham).
  • 9' Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.
  • 5' Attempt blocked. Aboubakar Kamara (Fulham) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Onomah.
  • 3' Attempt missed. Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro.
  • First Half begins.
  • Lineups are announced and players are warming up.